Kovacevic Receives NIH Grant


May 19, 2010

Jelena Kovacevic, professor of biomedical engineering and electrical and computer engineering, has received a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Small Business Technology Transfer grant entitled "Dx Ear: An Automated Tool for Diagnosis of Otitis Media." Kovacevic received the $172,771 award with co-investigators Blue Belt Technologies and Dr. Alejandro Hoberman, chief of the Division of General Academic Pediatrics and professor of pediatrics and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Together, the team will work to develop a robust algorithm that can distinguish between three diagnostic categories of middle ear infection based on digital images of the middle ear. Otitis media, or middle ear inflammation, impacts nearly 93 percent of all children before age seven and its indirect costs are estimated at $1.02 billion a year. The one-year, Phase I grant will allow Kovacevic and her colleagues to explore the scientific, technical and commercial merit of the technology and assess its feasibility as a business idea. Next year, they can apply for a Phase II grant to expand their research.

For more on Kovacevic's work, visit www.andrew.cmu.edu/user/jelenak/.

Professor Jelena Kovacevic

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